Bletchley Park Gets £460,000 Lottery Grant

The efforts of numerous people who have actively campaigned for restoring the previous glory of Bletchley Park, which was the home to crucial code-breaking effort during the Second World War, seems to be bearing fruit.

It received an initial funding of £460,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund which was offered to the Bletchley Park Trust and will help the historic site to become a world heritage site and cater for the increasing interest in the place from tourists and historians alike.

Bletchley Park has been needing urgent repairs for some time now as the large Buckinghamshire manor house has been in a state of dilapidation due to apparent neglect over the years.

However, Bletchley Park, which has been open to the public since 1994, has been drawing a large number of visitors in recent years as more and more people are becoming aware of the important role it played in the Second World War.

Besides being credited with breaking the secret German Enigma code, Bletchley Park is also recognised as the place where the earliest electronic computers such as the Colossus were first believed to be used.

Experts believe that Bletchley Park needs around £10m for a complete revamp and restoring to its previous glory and the initial lottery funding is a small but important step in that direction.

Our Comments

Bletchley Park is a massive project that needs to be done to preserve the national heritage of Britain when it comes to computing. Ultimately, its computer museum could be expanded massively to include even more hardware and software; like universities, it might even get sponsors from big companies like IBM or Microsoft.

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